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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Me and my boyfriend stayed in a mixed dorm after completing a 14 k hike. The hostel itself was fine, though the common areas were unnaturally quiet and it felt as though we had to speak in whispers even around 7-8 pm. However we were slightly put out by some of the (seemingly very new) staff, who were doing everything very much by the books. They were all friendly and nice to deal with, but after an hour and a half drive from Dublin to be told you can't use the bathroom for another two hours because it won't be clean is pretty annoying. The same happened as we were leaving, and we couldn't brush our teeth because the communal bathroom was being cleaned again and for some reason it takes hours? But it was a comfortable enough stay.
The room itself was incredibly noisy, what with the two tourists we shared with getting up at six a.m. to blow dry their hair, clomp around in boots and talk as loudly as they could until they left at 10 a.m. But that is no fault of the hostel, rather our own for booking a mixed dorm.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Flow E
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We stayed one night in Glendalough. The staff were so lovely and extremely helpful. The beds are clean enough and comfortable and the self catering kitchen is well stocked.

There are however two large rooms that would be wonderful social/ relaxing spaces, being put to no use. We would have loved somewhere to properly enjoy the great DVD collection provided, with sofas etc but instead there are empty spaces with stacked conference chairs, whilst all sofas sit in the reception area.

In light of the fact there is no where to go out to in the evening in the area, the hostel must invest much more effort in improving the social experience we believe (table tennis/ table football/ snooker perhaps)

If you require just a good bed and clean shower, then you'll find this hostel to be just great... if the hostel had to compete with any where else, they'd really have to provide more than just this.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
Thank maximilianraynor98
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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Can't beat the location. Nestled right in the quiet part of Glendalough which was especially delightful after the visitor center closed and tourists went home. Had the quiet Monastic site, trails, lakes, and fields with sheep all to ourselves.
Stay was acceptable. Booked a private room for 4 with private bath. Was given a room for 6 at no extra cost. 3 sets of bunk beds. Location was on the main floor and at the back corner of the building with windows overlooking green vegetation. Private bath was clean. Towels not included but can be obtained at the from desk for use for a few Euros. Free parking on site.
Beds were basic, pillows were flat and sheets/duvets not necessarily fresh. White, crisp clean sheets and pillow cases provided for a fresh layer. We put two of our flat pillows in the pillow case to make better sleeping.
Plenty of room to sit in the main reception area, dining room and outside areas. Wi-if works when in the main areas-- not in our room.
Paid a few Euros for breakfast in the morning. Simple dining but got us fueled.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank ELBanks
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

We booked a family (4 bed) room with private en suite. Room very tired, dirty old carpet, mattresses knackered, and worst of all the sheets on the bed were dirty. To be fair to the hostel staff, when we complained about the bedsheets they were profusely apologetic and refunded some of our money for the night. Kitchen was clean but not nearly enough space if the hostel is full to capacity. There is nowhere to store your food if it doesn't go in the fridge and the two fridges were packed full as there was a big group staying. We had to keep our food in the bedroom.

On the plus side, the youth group which was staying seemed to be having a great time and there were ample space for 'hanging out'- a few living room areas and big gardens etc. I'd say it's an ideal space for a youth group. No wifi in the rooms which is nice. Plenty of DVDs available to borrow and you can watch them in a couple of different living rooms.

It's not for us- far too expensive to for a room that was in dire need of a good clean and new mattresses. But I'd be happy to recommend for youth groups who didn't mind roughing it a bit.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank Shirley M
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

We booked a private room for 4 only a short time before our arrival so were thankful to get the room. The room is quite dated. The carpet looked like it hadn't been vacuumed for a while and there were stains on the sheets and cobwebs around the windows. The mattresses were appalling. You could feel every spring and they dipped significantly in the middle. The toilet took forever to refill and was badly stained at the bottom of the bowl which is a little off putting.

However there were two pillows (albeit rather flat) and when I spoke to the guy at reception about the mattresses he took me to an empty room to see if the mattresses there were any better so we could swap them to our room. They were even worse but we were allowed to take the duvets and we placed these between us and the mattresses and we were fine after that. The shower was hot and had fairly good pressure.

Free Wi-fi in reception, laundry room and kitchen all available. I would have liked to have had a dryer available as quite often on holiday you can get rather mucky or wet and need laundry done fairly quickly.

There is on site parking available and the hostel is just a short walk to the right out of the drive to the Monastic site and a quick walk down the road to the left takes you to a gate on the left which takes you onto the Green walk around the Lower Lake.

All in all a great stay due to the location and helpful staff at the hostel but definitely need new mattresses and a higher standard of housekeeping.

Ps. The Wicklow Heather is a good place for food and definitely walk the White Spinc walk beginning along the Miners Road.

Room Tip: Ask for extra duvets to place between yourself and the mattress so you don't feel the springs!
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank RuthBarton
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